As a certifier you can:
- assess and approve plans relating to new or altered buildings
- inspect construction work at mandatory stages
- provide certificates of inspection to the builder following inspections
- issue enforcement notices on building work when necessary
- give final certification for a building to be occupied.
You are not responsible for job site supervision, quality control, or making sure a builder complies with their contract.
Continuing professional development
Keeping up to date with the latest building practices and legislation is an important part of your role. Some of the areas where you must continue to increase your knowledge include:
- technical building practices and related engineering, design and construction practices
- building related law and the implications of those laws
- building codes and standards
- risk assessment and management principles relevant to the design and construction of buildings
- professional and ethical responsibilities and obligations
- effective communication techniques with designers, builders, building owners and the general community.
Maintaining the integrity of your role
There is a high level of accountability in your position as a certifier so it is important that you avoid situations that may cause a conflict of interest.
This means that you can’t certify or approve work in a project where you have personal involvement, or from which you are able to gain a profit. Additionally, you can’t take on dual roles of certifier and builder or designer. Your obligations as a certifier also include:
- abiding by the Code of Conduct for Building Certifiers
- acting in the public interest when performing building certifier functions, even when the public interest is inconsistent with another obligation
- giving the building owner inspection documentation following inspections and final certification for a building to be occupied
- giving the building owner (at their written request) a copy of the inspection documentation for a previous stage of building work
- complying with the owner’s direction to perform additional certification functions
- keeping inspection documentation for 7 years
If you want to know more about the requirements and expectations, refer to the Code of Conduct for Building Certifiers.